A very nice example of a Smiths Model niblick restored for play or would make a great display club. The head was designed by Mr F.G. Smith around the mid 1890’s with a wry neck style neck (hosel) so bent at the base that the leading edge of the blade is in front of the shaft. The swing weight is C3 and the club measures 36” (91cm).
The large head has very clear stamps showing the maker’s famous ‘star’ cleekmark with a small ‘L’ alongside denoting this a ladies club which was supplied to A. Batley who was the professional-club maker at Heaton Moor G.C. near Manchester from 1907 to 1930. His name is stamped within an oval circle in the centre of the head with Smiths Model Niblick shown below. Other stamps show ‘Superior’ below the star cleekmark and Made in Scotland Hand Forged.
The head has been cleaned, polished and the leading edge re cut to remove old stone dint marks. The face is stamped with a dot punched pattern. The deep face measures nearly 2.50” (6cm) at the widest point.
The shaft has a slight bow noticeable when the club is held at eye level. An old period grip has been fitted whipped with black waxed linen whipping coated with shellac.
William Gibson & Company.
William Gibson was born in 1868 and began his working career as a blacksmith’s apprentice working for James Anderson in Anstruther during the late 1880’s. However in 1897 he started his own becoming a principle partner of the firm Stirling and Gibson based in Edinburgh. When Stirling passed away in 1899 he changed the company name to Wm Gibson & Co and from thereon the company grew to become the largest club making business in the world with all his products easily recognizable by the famous 5 pointed Star cleek mark.
He moved the business to Kinghorn, Fife in 1903 having opened a large factory in order to cope with the expanding business. Initially he kept to only producing cleeks but by 1905 he had launched into full club making producing both irons and woods sporting the star cleek mark. One of his most popular clubs and largest sellers for a number of years was the Hugh Logan patent iron called the Genii model. This club could be customized to suit most players requirements. His other very successful iron was the Star Maxwell which had been patented by Robert Maxwell. These clubs are easily recognizable by the holes in the hosel designed for weight reduction. Most of these irons were produced using stainless steel from around 1910 onwards.
His huge success was due to him being very broad minded regarding club production and new design ideas which lead him to produce many different ranges at various price levels in order to attract sales. He died in 1921 leaving his son George to continue running the business.
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Buying Hickory Clubs for Play
This club(s) has been carefully inspected and sympathetically restored to a condition suitable for playing hickory golf. However it is important to remember that the average age of a hickory club is between 80 to 100 years and even older in some cases so you are purchasing an item of golf history, i.e. a golfing antique.
The majority of hickory clubs will be fine for play when handled with care but there are a few that even after being restored can have problems. For example iron heads become loose, shafts can split and socket joints do sometimes break down under the stress of the golf swing, the impact of hitting a golf ball or another hard object such as a stone or practice mat. These are the risks that you must be prepared to accept when playing with hickory clubs and therefore we cannot be held responsible should such damage occur.
GOLF BALLS – Important Advice.
It is always advisable to use a ‘soft feel’ ball when playing hickory golf to help prevent damaging the clubs. Most modern balls have a hard outer coating that can damage the face of a wood and put unnecessary strain on the socket joint. Hard balls can also cause an iron head/hosel to become loose from the wooden shaft. Driving range balls also invariably have a hard outer coating, plus hitting off rubber practice mats can sometimes loosen iron heads. Always practice on a grass surface.
Please refer to New Mesh & Dimple Balls for Hickory Play (see main menu) to view our replica 1920’s style soft feel balls.
Keeping Your Club(s) In Good Condition:
After a round of golf, should your clubs have become wet during play please ensure that you thoroughly clean and dry the heads when arriving home. Applying a thin coat of ‘gun oil’ to the iron heads helps protect against rust forming.
It is advisable to store your hickory clubs in a cool dry place. Too much moisture or heat can affect the hickory shafts, for example the shaft can shrink within the hosel causing the head to become loose. The cooler the environment - the better.